Vetter Mountain

The 14 x 14 foot wooden cab with its high ceiling has been called the “friendliest lookout” because it sits directly on the ground and is accessible to visitors with limited mobility.

The tower overlooks the Chilao-Charlton Recreation Area. It is an easy destination for many hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.   Originally built in 1937, the Vetter Mountain Lookout was re-opened to the public by volunteers on May 30, 1998.

Scroll down for map and directions.


  • San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
  • USFS Tower Number: A-7
  • Date Built: 1935
  • Elevation at foot of Tower: 5,908 feet
  • Cab: BC-3
  • Tower: No tower structure
  • Location of Lookout: Coordinates (G,5) on Angeles National Forest Map
  • Legal Location: T.3N, R.11W Section 33

    Station Fire & Rebuilding Vetter Mountain

    The Vetter Mountain Lookout was lost in the 2009 Station Fire. We currently use a temporary structure to maintain fire lookout services and are in the process of rebuilding this historical site.

    The rebuild of the Vetter Mountain Lookout is an ongoing project.  Due to the historical nature of the original building and the site, clean up and reconstruction has to be handled carefully.  We are working closely with the U.S. Forest Service to navigate these issues.

    Photos of Vetter Mountain

    Map & Directions

    Vetter Mountain Lookout Tower

    • Take Angeles Crest Highway north from the 210 W in La Canada.
    • Vetter Mountain is off the Angeles Crest Highway in the Charlton Flats area.
    • It is a 1.1 mile hike from the Charlton Flats Picnic Grounds.